2nd Edition

Artificial Intelligence An Introduction to the Big Ideas and their Development

By Robert H. Chen, Chelsea C. Chen Copyright 2025
    344 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    344 Pages 67 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction to Big Ideas and their Development, Second Edition guides readers through the history and development of AI, from its early mathematical beginnings through to the exciting possibilities of its potential future applications. To make this journey as accessible as possible, the authors build their narrative around accounts of some of the more popular and well-known demonstrations of artificial intelligence, including Deep Blue, AlphaGo and even Texas Hold’em, followed by their historical background, so that AI can be seen as a natural development of the mathematics and computer science of AI. As the book moves forward, more technical descriptions are presented at a pace that should be suitable for all levels of readers, gradually building a broad and reasonably deep understanding and appreciation for the basic mathematics, physics, and computer science that is rapidly developing artificial intelligence as it is today.


    • Only mathematical prerequisite is an elementary knowledge of calculus
    • Accessible to anyone with an interest in AI and its mathematics and computer science
    • Suitable as a supplementary reading for a course in AI or the History of Mathematics and Computer Science in regard to artificial intelligence.

    New to the Second Edition

    • Fully revised and corrected throughout to bring the material up-to-date
    • Greater technical detail and exploration of basic mathematical concepts, while retaining the simplicity of explanation of the first edition
    • Entirely new chapters on Large Language Models (LLMs), ChatGPT, and Quantum Computing.

    1. Computing Hardware. 2. The Integrated Circuit. 3. Software. 4. Open Source Software. 5. Expert systems. 6. Decision Tree. 7. Deep Blue. 8. Jeopardy & Miss Debater. 9. Perceptron. 10. Parameterization. 11. Gradient Descent & Backpropagation. 12. Cross-Entropy Cost Function. 13. CNN & Hyperparameters. 14. ImageNet & Data Fitting. 15. Markov-Monte Carlo. 16. Reinforcement Learning & Video Games. 17. AlphaGo. 18. Game Theory. 19. Predictive Analytics. 20. Support Vector Machines. 21. Top-Down Speech Recognition. 22. Bottom-Up Speech Recognition. 23. Speech Synthesis. 24. RBMs, GANs, and LFCF. 25. LLMs and GPTs. 26. Massive Parallel Processing. 27. Quantum Computing. 28. Industrial Robots. 29. Self-Driving Cars. 30. Exoplanets & Exomoons. 31. Corona Virus Protein Folding. 32. Intelligence. 33. The AI Singularity. 


    Robert H. Chen is the author of three books in English on Personal Computers, Liquid Crystal Displays, and Einstein’s Relativity, and four books in Chinese on LCDs & Intellectual Property, Patents, Anglo-American Contract Law, and Technology & Copyright Law, and many scholarly articles in physics and the law. He has a Ph.D. in Space Physics and a J.D. in law and is a member of the California Bar. He divides his time between California and Taiwan with his wife and daughter.

    Chelsea C. Chen graduated in physics and computer science from U.C Berkeley and is a software development engineer at a major tech company in Silicon Valley. She presently lives in Northern California and New York City.